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Rear facing: Myths vs Facts

Posted by Michele Scott on Monday, October 31, 2016

Long gone are the days, when bub was placed on the back seat of the car in a bassinet. Not only do we now have access to state-of-the-art child car seats, we now have car seats that can be used in each mode for much longer, to allow your precious cargo to travel safely for longer than was previously possible.
The law may still be behind as far as minimum safety requirements go, however, the law is a legal minimum, and should be treated as such. It should no longer be assumed that a baby will forward face the day they turn six months old (as our outdated laws state). Your baby now has the option to remain five times safer, for so much longer, by continuing to rearward face until they have reached the limits of their child car restraint.
Many people assume that their child may be uncomfortable rearward facing past the minimum, or that the tantrum they are throwing is because 'they want to face the front'. More often than not, neither is true. Read on for the breakdown between rear facing myth and fact.

A three year old happily rearward facing in the 'Millenia' by Britax Safe n' Sound.

 

 Their legs touch the vehicle seat, doesn’t that mean they’re now too big to rear face?

MYTH. Legs touching the back of vehicle seat is not an indication of having outgrown rear facing mode of a child restraint. It is best to rear face until your child’s shoulders are level with the top of the rear facing height marker on your child restraint. It is perfectly safe for your child to bend their legs, hang them over the edge of their restraint or sit cross legged whilst rear facing, in fact, they may even be more comfortable this way – Think about the odd positions children sleep in, or the way they sit when they are playing eating or watching Tv. Kids are very flexible.

We’re trying to save some money so I’ve hired a capsule for 6 months, and plan on buying a 6 month to 8 years restraint when my child is 6 months old.

Even though these types of child restraints are marketed as being suitable for 6 months to 8 years, it is rare that a child under the age of 2 years will meet the entry markers on one of these child restraints. This category of restraint also tends to be very upright which may cause your child to slump forward or get ‘positional asphyxiation’ during nap times. This may be especially true if your child is unable to sit on the floor unaided for at least 5 minutes.

Generally a capsule is not a substitute for a 0-4 years convertible restraint. A capsule is still a great way to transport your baby without waking it during nap times, but it is still best to move to a 0-4 child restraint after a capsule. Many children will last until at least 3 -5 years in a good 0-4 convertible restraint.

Three across the back...all rear facing. The eldest child pictured here is seven years old.

 

My child hates the car, and wants to face the front.

It is unlikely that your child will be aware of the fact that there is an alternative direction to face during travel.

There are a number of things you can do to troubleshoot, prior to turning your child forward facing:

  • Are your child’s shoulder straps coming from at or above their shoulders? If they are coming from below their shoulders, they may be causing pain for your child due to spinal compression.
  • Is your child getting too hot? Wind down the windows, and let the car cool down before placing baby in their child restraint or capsule. Have you removed the seat hood (if fitted) shoulder strap covers or head supports? In many cases the extra padding can be removed if your child is big enough to fill out the seating area adequately. Check your child restraint instruction manual and ensure you follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Make sure that your child isn’t overdressed when in the car – Remember, a rear facing child restraint is often the last place for the air conditioning to reach.
  • Is the child restraint installed at the correct angle? It is recommended that rear facing child restraints are installed at a 45 degree angle to the ground.
  • Does your child have reflux or any other conditions, which may cause them discomfort? Consult with your GP to ensure that your child doesn’t have any underlying medical conditions.
  • Have you tried using a mirror so your child can see you? Around 5-6 months of age your baby will begin to realize that they are not part of you, which may cause some separation anxiety. A securely attached mirror that is angled so baby can see you, is a great way to overcome this problem. This is also a great way to interact with your older rear facing toddler. Ensure that the mirror you select is designed specifically for this purpose and is able to securely attach to the car headrest or similar.
  • Toys are also a great way to combat the problem of a screaming child. It is possible that they may be screaming out of boredom, or simply because they want to be able to move around and explore. Ensure that any toys you select are made of soft or lightweight materials.

My child is getting really big, and it is difficult to get them in and out of their rear facing car seat as the top tether gets in the way.

The best way to solve this problem, is to loosen off the top tether when getting the child in and out of the car. Just make sure you remember to tighten the tether again (only remove the slack, don’t over tighten) every single time you drive.


My child is constantly screaming everytime we go near their car seat. Surely that means they want to forward face?

Around the same time that your child realises that they're able to move around, they often begin to dislike being restrained in any way. This often includes sitting in the high chair or pram. They may be bored and want to move around. Of course, this isn't a suitable options whilst travelling in the car, so it is worth trying to entertain bub with some toys (no hard plastic), soft books, a mirror, songs, and anything else you can think of. Just remember "this too shall pass". They have likely hit a developmental milestone, and they don't know that there is any other way to travel in the car.


If your child is screaming in the car, ensure that their child car seat is correctly adjusted. Is it at the correct angle, excess padding removed hoods etc. removed? Are the shoulder straps coming from at or above the shoulders, with no twists? If your car seat has an inbuilt headrest, is it positioned above their shoulders? If baby is in a capsule, have they outgrown it in width? Many babies are much happier once they've been moved to a rearward facing convertible car seat, with additional padding removed.

Don't forget the car can be hot for a rearward facing baby. Point the air conditioning vents to the roof to allow adequate airflow to the back. Removing or folding back capsule hoods is a good idea to promote airflow as well. It may also be worth investing in tinted windows or a window sun shade to keep the car cooler, and reduce the amount of sun shining in your baby's eyes.

 

Not sure which car seat your child needs? See this post outlining the legal minimums vs best practice recommendations.

The information above has been provided by Child Safety Solutions in accordance with a best practise approach to child restraint safety. Images are inserted for information purposes and do not constitute endorsement of products featured within any image, or any associated company, product or service.
 


 

New beginnings for a New Year... Welcome to the new and Improved Snoozle...

Posted by Michele Scott on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

 

From humble beginnings, we bring you the New and improved Snoozle...

The Snoozle team has been hard at work, and whilst Snoozle has continued to Evolve in line with society’s changing views on parenting, we feel the old Snoozle branding and website is no longer an accurate reflection of who we are, or want to be (We are obviously way cooler than that old image). Of course whilst we move on from our old image, it will still continue to be a little part of the new and improved Snoozle as we continue to evolve and progress toward what we want to become.

The NEW Snoozle, and what we're about...

At Snoozle we are always looking ahead as we strive to bring you the very best that is on offer. We’ve never considered ourselves to be ahead of the trends…instead, we pull, bend and break our backs to set those very trends. It is this very reason that lead the Snoozle team to a big decision over 12 months ago. The very decision that has resulted in a wonderful new brand for Snoozle - A brand that draws from Snoozle’s humble beginnings, and paves the pathway for us to continue to grow in leaps and bound. All the while ensuring that you, as our loyal customers continue to be the center of our attention, and our main driving force behind us.

We’re not about sales, we’re about providing top quality, accurate parenting information to you as a parent or carer, and allowing you to decided what will work best for YOU and YOUR family – After all, no one knows them better!

That is why we made a very big decision over a year ago that will allow us to better service our wonderful Snoozle family members so much better. We decided that a fresh new look would the first step, including a new logo and website, toward better representing the type of company Snoozle is (and will continue to become).

Our new branding is bright and vibrant, drawing inspiration from our energy and desire to always bring you the highest quality service, and a great range of unique, innovative, market leading products and sleep solutions. 


 

Our Objective
Part of our objective is to provide the solutions you have been looking for. We are pushing the entire children’s product and service industry to adopt and encourage only the very best scientifically backed, and parent approved parenting practices. This includes:
  • Babywearing, following T.I.C.K.S safe babywearing guidelines
  • SIDS safe sleep guidelines
  • Baby led weaning (including following the child’s hunger and interest cues)
  • Reduced use of baby containment equipment such as baby walkers and exersaucers
  • Child Car Seat Safety – Following the law as the bare minimum: Rear facing past 6 months, harnessing past the legal minimum of 4 years, and encouraging the use of a booster past 7 years).
  • Gentle and Respectful parenting Philosophies


The Snoozle Family Membership and Blog

Our new site will continue to feature our Snoozle blog, with more regular updates from the team, including a great range of best practice parenting articles, and special interest stories. The blog has been specially designed to be a hub of useful and informative information for you. We aim to provide useful tips and tricks from various professionals from within the Childcare and Parenting industry.

We’re not about sales, we’re about providing top quality, accurate parenting information to you as a parent or carer, and allowing you to decided what will work best for YOU and YOUR family – After all, no one knows them better!

Of course we will still be welcoming guest contributions to our blog. The Snoozle Family membership will still continue to give you all a lifetime 10% discount and more cool benefits (more on that soon). Don’t forget to invite your friends to join the Snoozle family.

We have also added lots of great product ranges to our existing selection. As always if you don’t see something you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in contact, and we’ll do our very best to track it down for you.

Share your Stories. Add your two cents...

Posted by Michele Scott on Sunday, October 25, 2015

We want you (yes you) to share your stories with us. We want you to write about whatever it is that makes you tick. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us cringe, make us Smile. We want you to add your two cents to the Snoozle community. 

Calling all bloggers, writers, storytellers, and other people with access to a keyboard! We’d love to hear from/about you.

At Snoozle, we’ve always strived to create a community of parents committed to raising well-adjusted and happy children. We’ve always loved having a diverse range of voices sharing their stories with us because we all have different stories to tell and we’re all different, and have different experiences everyday. To that end, we’re always on the lookout for guest bloggers who’d love to share their experiences related to raising kids.

Are you a parent, parent to be, grandparent, carer, night nanny or have an interest in the well being of children, and have some important information, news or stories to share? If so, we are looking for you. It is always reassuring to hear the experiences of others. After all many of you will be facing very similar (if not the same) struggles with your kids. We’d love to hear about the issues that arise on a daily basis within your home, and how you deal with them. We want to know how you feel, how you handle the day to day struggles with family life and hear about the joyous moments that make it all worth it. Have you made a miraculous discovery in getting your children to eat all their dinner, or put their toys away? Do you have something to share that you feel strongly about? Do you have an organisation, charity of cause you would like to advocate for?


Snoozle would love to hear (and share) your stories that are heart warming, make us laugh and cry, teach us and entertain us. You do not have to be a writer or a blogger to share your story. Do not worry about your piece being unfinished, or not being a good fit for us – we can help you with all of that.

Think open mic night – We’d love for you to write about whatever you feel like taking about. It doesn’t have to be sleep related, although I’m sure there is many a rant to be had about sleepless nights and screaming children. Have you recently had a good (or bad?) experience you would like to share with the rest of the Snoozle community?

So if you would like to Inspire and encourage, make us smile, and spread kindness through the Snoozle community, click here to submit your story!

Are your Kids Sweaty Sleepers?

Posted by Michele Scott on Sunday, October 25, 2015

Are your kids sweaty sleepers? Around here, it's hot enough (most of the time) that if you're not sweating, there must be something wrong. Normally, affordable Kids pyjamas seem to be made from horrible sweat grabbing cotton blends. As children grow so fast, most people don’t really see the point in spending a fortune on pyjamas – especially given that they are worn when the kids are asleep (hopefully). It seems that the majority of affordable pyjamas readily available for sale in Australia are a horrible poly-cotton or cotton blend – You know the kind that makes you sweat more than you already were. Poly-cotton might be fine for winter, but as we all know, Australian summers can bring on a whole new meaning to the word ‘Sweat’.


That’s where Angela comes in. After returning empty handed after a shopping trip looking for pyjamas for her young daughter, Angela was inspired to create Rube & Harri. 100% cotton (The real deal) sleepwear in unique prints include spots, stripes and florals, Rube & Harri sleepwear is classically inspired, unfussy, practical & beautiful. They even come prewashed for comfort (not to mention they already feel amazing).

Cotton (real cotton) pyjamas seem to be increasing difficult to find, unless you are wanting to take out a small mortgage. Normally retailing for $49.95, you can pick up a pair for as low as $18.45 at Snoozle!

Australian owned and manufactured, Rube & Harri pyjamas are created to suit Australian conditions. Since its launch in 2009, the brand has never strayed from its ethos of creating collections synonymous with the innocence and purity of childhood.

Rube & Harri pyjamas can be found here:
http://www.snoozle.com.au/shop/sleeping-bags-and-sleepwear/pyjamas

SIDS Safe Sleep Guidelines

Posted by Michele Scott on Sunday, October 25, 2015

SIDS 
SIDS is short for ‘Sudden Infant Death Syndrome’ and used to be called ‘cot death’. It means the sudden, unexpected death of a baby from unknown causes. SIDS is the most common cause of death in babies between one month and one year of age. Most babies who die of SIDS are under six months. More babies die of SIDS in winter than in summer.

It is still not clear what causes SIDS. Some factors are thought to work together to reduce the risk of SIDS, but they may or may not help prevent any one SIDS death. Remember, 1999 out of 2000 babies will not die of SIDS.

    • Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side
    • Sleep baby with face uncovered (no doonas, pillows, lambs wool, bumpers or soft toys)
    • Avoid exposing babies to tobacco smoke before birth and after
    • Provide a safe sleeping environment. A Australian standards cot, bassinet or cradle with a mattress that fits is ideal. Bouncers, swings & car seats are not recommended as the shape of the seat can cause the baby's chin to drop to their chest - This can cause their airways to restrict.
    • Put baby’s feet at the bottom of the cot
    • Tuck in bedclothes securely so bedding is not loose
    • Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping environment in the caregivers bedroom for the first six to twelve months of life
    • Remove all toys, pillows and cushions from the cot/bassinet before putting baby to sleep
    • Quilts, doonas, duvets, and bumpers are not recommended for babies under 12 months of age

 

Resources

Please visit www.sidsandkids.org for more information.  If you are at all unsure of how to proceed, seek professional advice and reassurance as necessary.

Child Car Seats. The Law vs Safest Practice

Posted by Michele Scott on Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Law is a legal minimum. It is best to keep your child in each stage of child restraint for as long as possible. You can tell if your child has outgrown their current stage of child restraint when their shoulders are level with the height markers on the cover of their child car restraint. 

For older child restraints (Pre 2011), refer to your child restraint manual for the maximum weight limits for each stage of use of your restraint. 

The Law vs Best Practice

LAW: The Law is the legal minimum. By no means is this an indication of the maximum that your child can use each stage of child restraint. The Maximum is determined by the size of your child.
RECOMMENDATION: The Recommendation is an indication of best practice child safety. By no means is this enforced by the law. Your child will be a lot safer if you follow best practice guidelines for restraining your child in the car. 
A child restraint only has the ability to keep your child safer if it is correctly fitted and adjusted every single time it is used.

 

Rear-facing
Keep babies & toddlers in a rear-facing car seat with in-built harness  for as long as possible. 

LAW: Until AT LEAST 6 months old (This is a legal minimum)
RECOMMENDED: Until at least 2 to 3 years old

Forward-facing

Keep pre-school and early school age children in an in-built  harness car seat for as long as possible. 

LAW: Until AT LEAST 4 years old. 
RECOMMENDED: Until at least 5 to 8 years old. 


Booster seat
Keep older school age children in a booster seat with full adult seatbelt for as long as possible.

LAW: Until AT LEAST 7 years old. 
RECOMMENDED: Until at least 8 to 10 years old. 


Back seat
Keep all children in the back seat of the car for as long as possible.

LAW: Until AT LEAST 7 years old.
RECOMMENDED: Until at least 12 years old. 


Please ensure that your child restraint is no more than 10 years old, and is in good working order. Child restraints older than 10 years will need to be destroyed as they are no longer effective in protecting a child in the event of a collision. Don't put your child, or anyone else's at risk. 

Top tethers and harness webbing that show signs of fraying will either need to be replaced by a  manufacturer recommended repair agent, or the restraint will need to be destroyed.

The information presented in this article has been provided by Child Safety Solutions

Love to Dream Swaddle for a full nights sleep

Posted by Designer Smart on Thursday, July 02, 2015

It is and has been an interesting ride up till now. Especially to see which products people are interested in and buying.

One of the most successful products is the Love to Swaddle Up Original “the world's first and original swaddle by Love to Dream, that ingeniously allows your baby to sleep in their natural state with arms up”.

Only last week one of my neighbors who’s little baby boy is just 4 weeks called me and asked if I still had those wraps with the zippers in my collection. Do you still remember those first few weeks, you worry about everything. Her little boy is a great sleeper at night, but during the day he only has cat naps and she is worried he does not get enough sleep. When she was pregnant she already popped in (after searching the internet) and bought her first Love to Swaddle Up Original, she now wanted a second one for during the day to keep her baby calm, stop the startle reflex and create that sleep promoting effect.


Other benefits are:
Arms up in wing position helps prevent your baby rolling onto their tummy.
Swaddling your baby with arms up helps them self-soothe and sleep longer.
Startle reflex is calmed by the ergonomically designed womb-like fit.
Single layer of trans-seasonal cotton spandex fabric helps prevent overheating.
Super safe. Snug fit prevents tangling and wrap won’t ride up over your baby’s face.
Arms in wings make breastfeeding easy and means no more face scratching.
The toggle tent keeps the zipper toggle under cover. Label and seam free inside.
Genius twin zipper means no unwrapping for nappy changes or transporting form cot to pram!

Tips to take the stress out of bedtime

Posted by Michele Scott on Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Have a bed time routine 
Bedtime routines can become cues that help even tiny babies wind down and become conditioned to fall asleep. You will be the best judge of what works best for your family. Many families choose a bath and some story time to help their children calm down before bed. 

Sleepy Sounds 
The calming, repetitive sounds of traditional lullabies recall the ‘womb music’ your baby heard before birth (your heartbeat, and fluids whooshing around them). Baby music that incorporates elements such as the rhythm of the maternal heartbeat or ‘white noise’ has remarkable soothing effects, especially if played continuously through the night.

Rocking your baby 
The motion of a rocking chair or being carried in a sling will lull baby to sleep (Take note of TICKS safe babywearing guidelines - Keep baby's chin off their chest). The safest place for a baby to sleep is in an Australian standards approved cot, bassinet or cradle.